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9. Qualcomm
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 16)
What makes it so great?
Wireless pioneer works hard to provide an environment where "good people can do their best work." Some elements: stock options on hire, baseball games, surfing lessons, kayaking tours, white-water rafting, bonfires, bowling, and volunteering opportunities.
Headquarters: 5775 Morehouse Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121
2008 revenue ($ millions): 11,142
Website: www.qualcomm.com

Is Qualcomm a great employer, or what?
Qualcomm stats
U.S. employees 12,255
Employees outside U.S. 2,881
New jobs (1 year) 329
% job growth (1 year) 3%
% voluntary turnover 2%
Applicants 69,000
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 617
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Senior Engineer
Most common job (hourly):
Building Service Attendant I
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care No
100% health-care coverage Yes
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 54%
% women 24%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 30
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 24
From the Feb. 8, 2010 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2008 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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